Adult patients that have issues with balance, dizziness, vertigo or other related issues can now see a dedicated balance specialist at a specialized balance clinic at Guthrie in Sayre, Pa.
Every year, millions of American adults suffer from dizziness or vertigo, resulting in lost work, falls, fractures, emergency room visits and lots of anxiety caused by these problems.
The balance system involves the eyes, inner ear, musculoskeletal system and the brain. If there is a problem with one of them, it can result in imbalance and dizziness.
Symptoms may include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Loss of hearing in one or both ears.
- A feeling of spinning (Vertigo).
- Frequent falls.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
- Eyes moving on their own.
- Eyes are hard to focus.
The first step to ridding yourself of balance problems is to receive the proper diagnosis. Since vertigo and other balance disorders are caused by inner ear problems, the Guthrie balance clinic is an ideal solution.
Other dizziness types, however, may require evaluation from other medical providers such as neurologists, physical therapists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists or otolaryngologists. Guthrie can provide such referrals.
The balance clinic may also refer you to a physical therapist. Dizziness is often treated for the symptoms, coupled with balance exercises and medications.
Physical therapists can address vertigo in one of two ways: repositioning exercises and vestibular rehabilitation. Repositioning exercises attempt to relocate dislodged crystals from the ears’ canals in order to restore balance. Vestibular rehabilitation retrains the interaction between the central nervous system and various organs through increasingly complex tasks.
Balance Clinic services include:
- Balance and dizziness evaluations.
- VNG (Videonystagmography) for testing inner ear and motor functions.
- Hearing evaluations.
- Hearing aid fittings and applications.
- Canalith repositioning.
- Vision therapy.
- Vestibular rehabilitation.
Written referrals from primary care physicians are required for a visit and treatment to the balance clinic.